Macdonald Houstoun House

(13 reviews) 13 5
Uphall West Lothian Lothian & Borders EH52 6JS
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About Macdonald Houstoun House

Uphall, West Lothian
Lothian & Borders, EH52 6JS

Macdonald Houstoun House is a 16th-century Tower House steeped in history, once visited by Mary Queen of Scots. Retaining all of its original character and surrounded by 22 acres of enchanting woodland, the hotel really is the perfect setting to make your wedding day memorable.

Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a large, lavish wedding, Macdonald Houstoun House is the ideal romantic setting for weddings of all sizes and styles. The hotel is beautiful all year round, with each season adding something to your special day. Close to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, we offer surprisingly quiet seclusion whilst being easily accessible to your guests.

When it comes to those important wedding pictures, the tree-lined driveway, unique Tower House and gorgeous grounds will ensure that you have the opportunity to capture the perfect photographs. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies at the venue, you can hold your service in one of our beautiful function suites or outside in the gardens giving you the opportunity to really wow your guests.

After capturing some wonderful pictures, you and your guests can enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast with award-winning cuisine from Jeremy Wares. An elegant drinks reception can be held in one of the stunning function spaces or in the gardens, followed by a fabulous reception in the Houstoun Suite with up to 250 guests.

To end the night in style, the happy couple can retire to the luxurious feature Bridal Suite whilst your overnight guests can stay in one of our 73 wonderful bedrooms.

Our excellent, experienced wedding co-ordinators are on-hand throughout to make sure that all of your preparations go smoothly and you have the perfect wedding celebration, tailored to you. With the team’s friendly, professional service, you can rest assured your day is in safe hands.

If you fall in love with the venue but want to use your own caterers, we have the option of a self-catering package which we would be happy to discuss with you. With a range of packages to suit every wedding couple, including exclusive use of the venue, Macdonald Houstoun House really is the perfect place for your special day.


Summer Wedding Package (Available April – September)

Red carpet on arrival
Hotel Master of Ceremonies
A welcome drink of sparkling wine or orange juice
Piper to play your guests on arrival & in for the meal
Wedding breakfast room hire
Three course wedding breakfast followed by coffee & petit fours
Two glasses of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
A glass of sparkling wine for the toast
Personalised menus and table plan
Use of cake stand and knife
Accommodation in one of our beautiful feature rooms with breakfast the following morning
Menu tasting for the wedding couple

Friday and Saturday package £82.00 per person
Sunday to Thursday package £77.00 per person

Winter Wedding Package (Available October - March)

Red carpet on arrival
Hotel Master of Ceremonies
Piper to play for your guests on arrival & in for the meal
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival or after the ceremony
A selection of three canapés per person to accompany drinks
Three course wedding meal served with tea/coffee & petit fours
Two glasses of house wine per person with wedding breakfast
Glass of sparkling wine for the speeches
Evening buffet of traditional stovies or bacon rolls for day guests
Personalised menus & table plan
Use of cake stand & knife
Bridal Su

• 16th-century tower house, full of character • Licensed for ceremonies in both inside and outdoor locations • Can accommodate up to 220 seated guests • Exclusive use available • 73 bedrooms for your overnight guests • Convenient transport links

Facilities at Macdonald Houstoun House

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Large Hotel
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Swimming Pool
Health Suite
Fitness Centre
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

Macdonald Houstoun House Reviews (13)

Excellent team!
Venue Service

By Lorraine and Douglas, on 10 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 04 May 2019

The location and setting of the hotel was perfect for our special day and the dedicated attention given by your team made everything go so smoothly.

The perfect day
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By Mr and Mrs Oakes, on 10 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2018

We made an everlasting memory for ourselves, family and friends by choosing to have our wedding at this venue. The grounds and venue in our pictures are exactly what we wanted and more. The whole day was sheer perfection.

Simply Wonderful
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By Mr and Mrs Wylie July 2015, on 09 Oct 2015

I cannot thank them enough for everything they did for us to make the day as smooth and fun as it was. Marcelle and Catherine the wedding co-ordinators were amazing at introducing us to the hotel and undertaking all tasks asked of them over the two years planning our wedding. Marcelle kept in constant contact with both my husband and I and was always quick to email back and supply us with decisions and keeping us informed of what was going on. We were always greeted with warmth and the actual day was no different. Every guest commented on how friendly all the staff were and Gianni was a gentleman making sure I was calm and knew what was going on at all times. The Quality of food was is superb. The chef is an absolute credit and the drinks were excellent. There was no food left…that said it all. The food and drinks were delivered quickly and with wonderful flare. We were stunned about how much we could get for our money. One of our guests did not tell us she was vegan however when the staff found out they went out of their way to prepare a special meal for her. I was so impressed. It was all so easy and smooth, the staff could not have been more attentive. My parents dealt with the payment of the wedding. It was well explained, they felt confident that all was correct and at no point did they feel pressured to settle the bill and all the bedrooms were settled with ease. Special recognition to Marcelle our wedding co-ordinator for helping us plan our amazing day and inspiring us with new ideas and accepting all our mad ideas and running with them. She was amazing from start to finish.

I Wish I could do it all again!
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By Mr and Mrs 25 Sept 15, on 06 Oct 2015

Hi Marcelle – Well..back to work with a bang for us today! Can’t believe the last two weeks have flown by so quickly. Anyway we just wanted to thank you and all the staff who were at our wedding for making it such a special day. Everything went like clockwork and we both thoroughly enjoyed the day. We’ve had loads of compliments on the food served, how nice the rooms were, the flow of the day and the surroundings. The young staff who served dinner and were around for most of the night were brilliant – very discreet, quick and kept the wine flowing at just the right speed for our guests. Please can you pass on our thanks to them. Andy and I both wanted to mention that we appreciated very much the honesty of the hotel/staff around the wine that was unused during the meal. We were asked if we wanted to continue serving this unused wine in the evening as we’d already been charged and we agreed. We felt this was really fair and very honest of the team – I’m sure some hotels wouldn’t have told us wine was leftover so thank you for that too. Breakfast in the morning was well organised, great quality and our guests really liked the set up and it let us spend more time with our guests. It was just a fabulous experience with Houstoun House. I wish I could do it all again!

5 Star Wow
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By Mr and Mrs, on 22 Jun 2015

My new husband and I got married here on Friday 12th June and on behalf of both of us we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Houstoun House for their first class service and attention prior to, during and post our special day!!! All the staff were extremely pleasant and attentive to detail, there was nothing too much trouble. We booked our wedding function back In October 2014 and basically all we had to do was turn up on the day, everything was taken care of. I would especially like to mention our fabulous wedding co-ordinator Marcelle, such a pleasure and delight to work with and every request was met accordingly, we would also like to say a huge thank you to Operations Manager Marcin, he was in attendance throughout our wedding function and ensured every detail was to high standard. We were so fortunate to have our ceremony in their outstanding grounds which are maintained to perfection, the location is just ideal and amazing for photo opportunities, it was a true Fairytale dream wedding, we both couldn't be any happier or satisfied! Our reception room was beautifully prepared and meals were superb. And as for the Honeymoon Suite in Room 23, WOW!!!!!! It's one of the most beautiful and luxurious rooms we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The giant bed was soooo comfortable and lush, i could go on and on and on!!!! From start to finish we received outstanding service. We will definitely be returning hopefully on a regular basis and look forward to many more celebrations here in the future as Mr & Mrs Tomaszewscy!!!! Thank you MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel for our fabulous memorable wedding day, we will cherish the memories forever!

April 2015
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By Caroline and Stewart, on 10 Jun 2015

We would like to pass on our thanks to you and all the staff at Houstoun House who made our wedding so memorable on Saturday - it was a great day and all the guests commented on how helpful everyone was and they took care of everyones needs.

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By Mr and Mrs McIntosh, on 10 Jun 2015

My daughter had there Wedding Reception at this Hotel on Saturday 28/3/15. What can I say! This Hotel and there staff were brilliant! The room was beautiful and the Wedding meal was amazing. Everything from start to finish was faultless, and it just made everything perfect. I would also like to give a big thank you to Gianni for his organisation skills and timings as it is 1st class. His manners and customer service 10 out of 10 and the way he managed his staff as he goes that extra mile to make sure everything went well.There were lots of us staying over in the hotel, and the rooms were lovely. The breakfast were also very good, and staff were very friendly. I would recommend this Hotel if you are thinking of having a Wedding as we all had a fantastic day, and you will not be disappointed. A big thank you to all.

Absolutely fantastic, could not fault a single thing.
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By Angela Brown, on 18 Sep 2006

We chose the macdonald houstoun house for the wonderful gardens and professional service which we received from the beginning. We had been hoping for an outside ceremony and we were not dissapointed the gardens looked fantastic and our guests constantly said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.

Excellent day, we really enjoyed it.
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By Graeme & Lynne Spinks, on 12 Sep 2006

We had an excellent day and enjoyed it alot. We appreciate all that the Houstoun House did in making it a memorable occasion.

Fantastic Day!
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By Natalie & Calum Shand, on 12 Sep 2006

We had a fantastic day, as did all our guests and the hotel and staff catered for everyone really well. The Wedding Planner was very helpful and supportive and answered an endless amount of questions!!

The Meal was exceptional!!
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By Katrina Davidson, on 12 Sep 2006

Everything went to plan and was very professionally done. The tables looked stunning and the spotlights added an extra touch. The meal was exceptional and everybody commented on it.

A day to remember!
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By Anne & Ronnie Gillies, on 12 Sep 2006

We had my Daughters wedding at Houstoun House and it was a grest success, all our family and friends had a wonderful time and it will certainly be a day to remember.

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